“Southland” star Ben McKenzie will co-star with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in the indie comedy “How to Make Love Like an Englishman.”
Tom Vaughan is set to direct with Matthew Newman penning the script.
Story follows a University of Cambridge professor who finds a woman who forces him to reevaluate his life of hedonistic excess. The twist is that this comes after he gets her grad student stepsister pregnant.
Richard B. Lewis, Beau St. Clair and Kevin Frakes will produce as part of a co-production between Palmstar Media Capital, Southpaw Entertainment, Irish DreamTime and Envision.
McKenzie has done a good job over his career of balancing film and television and looks to stay busy on both following the end of his TV show “Southland.” He recently signed a talent deal with Warner Bros. TV that includes a development component which should keep him busy for years to come.
He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and PJ Shapiro.
The next animated feature from DC Entertainment and Warner Premiere will be the adaption of the acclaimed Batman story from Frank Miller, with Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff lending their voices to the main characters.
Batman: Year One — otherwise known simply as Year One — is a 1987 comic book story arc written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli. The story finds a young Bruce Wayne who has spent his adolescence and early adulthood traveling the world so he could hone his body and mind into the perfect fighting and investigative machine. But now as he returns to Gotham City, he must find a way to focus his passion and bring justice to his city.
Retracing Batman’s first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante, we watch as he chooses a guise of a giant bat, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a corrupt political system that infests Gotham.
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston will voice Jim Gordon, while Ben McKenzie is Bruce Wayne/Batman. Dollhouse’s Eliza Dushku will play Catwoman, and fan-favorite actress Katie Sackhoff will voice Detective Sarah Essen, a love interest to Gordon. Alex Rocco has also been announced to be playing crime lord Carmine Falcone.
Bruce Timm previously confirmed that a Catwoman short would be attached to the feature. Batman: Year One is directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu and scribed by Tab Murphy. The animated film will be rated PG-13 and is due out in this fall but will make it’s world premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff have been tapped to star as the voices in Batman: Year One, the adaptation of the Frank Miller comic book classic from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.
Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu are directing the movie, the 12th entry in the successful series of DC universe animated originals. Tab Murphy wrote the script.
The feature adapts the landmark four-issue story written by Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli that first appeared in 1987 on the heels of Miller’s seminal work, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Those tomes, along with The Watchmen, helped elevate the comics medium, changing the public’s perception of the art form and influencing Hollywood writers and artists to this day.
Actor Ben McKenzie, best known for his TV roles in “The OC” and more recently “Southland” is co-starring in the LA stage production of the Tennessee Williams’ classic “The Glass Menagerie.” Ben stops by “Good Day LA” to talk about the production.
A selection of scenes from The Glass Menagerie, on stage now at the Mark Taper Forum.
Director Gordon Edelstein’s controversial interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ classic first play, now its West Coast premiere, brilliantly tempers the play’s wistful sentimentality.
Keira Keeley is luminous as Tom’s self-defeating sister Laura, a physical and emotional cripple, lost in her fanciful world of glass figurines. Keeley and a terrific Ben McKenzie, as the cocky yet compassionate gentleman caller Jim O’Connor, create magic in the lengthy candlelit Act 2 scene, which shows us Laura’s finest moment of resiliency prior to a crushing letdown.
As with all fine revivals, helmer Gordon Edelstein’s concept for his splendid, unmissable “The Glass Menagerie” at the Taper doesn’t blast the delicate play off its hinges, but instead brings out all manner of hitherto-unseen insights, stage business and laughs.
gentleman caller Jim isn’t the usual tall smoothie but shorter, pugnacious Ben McKenzie (“Southland”), a dead ringer for Williams’ expressed “type” (including soulmate Frank Merlo) who thereby casts a seductive spell on both Wingfield children.
Bottom Line: A stunning and original take on an American classic.
The Gentleman Caller scene in Act 2 is almost unbearably poignant. Ben McKenzie walks a fine line between genuine sympathy — even affection — for Laura and his brash desire to sell himself to whomever he’s talking to and perhaps improve them in the bargain. After he impulsively kisses Laura, it’s a nice touch to watch him become the shy one as she momentarily feels desired and takes in the experience.
The LA Times:
“The Glass Menagerie,” which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum in a production directed by Gordon Edelstein, shouldn’t be missed by any devoted admirers of Williams’ writing. It captures better than any play I know the claustrophobic reality of family life, with its jostling interests, imposing expectations, burdensome concern and overwhelming love.